The Weekend Coffee Share


Welcome to our weekly coffee date! How are you doing? How is your week? Weekend Coffee Share is a time for us to take a break out of our lives and enjoy some time catching up with friends (old and new)! Grab a cup of coffee and share with us! 

If you’re here early this weekend I have a very special treat to go with your coffee (or tea,) Swedish licorice! It’s nothing like the licorice you buy here in the US. It’s salty, and has a very adult taste. Not sweet at all. It’s one of the few things I really miss from Sweden. In the beginning I ordered it online on a regular basis. Now it’s actually been 4 years since I had salty licorice! 4 years! I’m having it right now, and there will probably not be anything left on Sunday. I only bought 5.2 OZ. That’s the thing, the real quality stuff, you don’t need to eat big quantities of. That is another typical Swedish thing, quality over quantity. Serving sizes at restaurants are a lot smaller, compared to the US. In most cases you can count on very high quality when it comes to what’s in your food….and GMO, don’t you worry about that shit, it’s illegal. Are you brave enough to taste some salty licorice? Have you had it before? My daughter licked the outside of one, and gave it back (no worries its not back in the box.)




OOo, I almost forgot! Along with the licorice I ordered of Amazon, I ordered three new summer dresses for myself! Yes three! I realized that while my six year old daughter have 20 dresses, I have two. I’m a minimalist, and definitely don’t need 20 dresses, who does? I bought four of her dresses, the others are gifts. (I’m very grateful for all the loving, generous people in our lives.) I figured since it’s so hot now, a sleeveless cotton dress will be very comfortable. Two of the dresses are very simple every day basic dresses, and one is for going out. They came today. I’ll posts photos when I start wearing them.

Are you reading anything exciting at the moment? I always read a lot, and even more now with the hotter weather. I was challenged by one of my friends on Facebook (also a friend in real life)  to post covers of 7 books I have enjoyed (1 book per day for 7 days) – no explanations, no reviews, just the covers. And nominate someone else for the challenge every day. I’m on day 5 now. It’s been great to look through some of my absolute favorite books. If you’ve been following me for a while you now that I repurpose most of the books I read, by gifting them to someone that wants to read them. I purchase most of my books used, often online, so I don’t spend a fortune on them. The books I save in my bookshelves are TREASURES I return to again and again. Often illustrated gardening, or horse books. Since I don’t have a horse at the moment, it had to be gardening books. I picked some of those books for this book challenge. Of course I had too at least partly reread them, as I picked them up. I’m going to post all the books from the challenge at Instagram on Sunday, that’s my last day of the challenge. 

Another genre of books that I really enjoy is historical dramas. Since I spend most of my time in the western states, I’ve read a lot of historical western novels lately. I have no less than 8 unread Louis L’Amour books in my closet, just waiting for me to devour them. I’m sure I’ll read two, or three this weekend. They are not that long. The only bad thing about them, just when you’re getting into a story, it ends. I like getting a deeper knowledge about places where I live. Both historical, cultural, geology, and nature. I like feeling that I am being a part of something bigger. I like having knowledge of life before me. Yes, I am reading for fun, but I learn a lot. The western states is still a hard place to live, if you live of the land, or spend a lot of time in wilderness areas. The desert can be a dangerous playground, and there are animals that can kill you in the wilderness. There’s also precious beauty, delicious plants, naturals springs, and wild horses!  Learning from previous generations is very valuable. 

Do you need a refill on that coffee? Some more licorice perhaps? Do you have any exciting plans for the weekend? I need to, or at least I should..get an oil change for my car, and maybe get the AC recharged. The temperatures are in the three digits now. I’ve kind of taken up swimming lately. I really like it, and I like swimming with my daughter. Unfortunately we had a little scare at the pool earlier this week, she got stung by a bee. She did not have a reaction, but I was scared since I am extremely allergic to them, and of course it hurts a little. Since then I have not been able to get her in the pool. I did get her to come out with me, as I was tending my garden next to the pool this morning. I’m really hoping to get her back in the pool before the end of the weekend. Any tips of how to convince her to enjoy the pool? There’s no crazy amounts of insects, or bees here, just normal around the flowering shrubs and bushes.

Previous this week I posted a post with some fun photos from a recent drive down part of Route 66. If you missed The Weekly Smile this week, it was dedicated to my garden.

Have a fabulous weekend my friend!


Ms Zen

Published by Sagittarius Viking

It’s all about experiences, and the healing power of nature. Life is about choosing happiness. I entered the magic world of photography when I was five years old. My gypsy soul have taken me to many different countries, and definitely taught me to be more humble. I believe that you are what you eat, body and soul. I enjoy growing my own food, and spending time outdoors. A Sagittarius loves to travel, have an open mind and, and a philosophical view. It motivates them to wander around the world in search of the meaning of life. Sagittarius is extrovert, optimistic and enthusiastic, and likes changes. A lot of that perfectly describes me. The fact that my ancestors, on both parents sides, were vikings, doesn’t exactly lessen my desire to explore. Maybe a slightly more mindful exploring, compared to the average viking. My blog, and my art prints is a results of my (inner and outer) explorations. Love, Maria

28 thoughts on “The Weekend Coffee Share

  1. My Dad used to read a lot of L’amour books. Also the ‘Edge’ westerns. I used to read a few of his too. I’ve never tried Swedish liquorice, I shall try when I return to Stockholm. Hope your daughter overcomes the bee thing.

    Liked by 1 person

  2. Never had Swedish licorice, but maybe someday I will come across it. My favorite currently is the Australian variety.
    I love wearing cotton sundresses in the summer when it is really hot. Better air circulation. 😉
    Hope H. gets over her fear. That can be hard with little ones. Maybe remind her of the many times she was out there and DIDN’T get stung?

    Liked by 2 people

  3. Ooo… That salty licorice sounds intriguing! I Love licorice but have never had swedish licorice. I wonder if they sell at IKEA? There’s IKEA 5 minutes from my work. 😀

    I love swimming, and even more when it’s hot. A good relief for sure and I hope she gets over her fear from the bee sting. She should in time! I took a few days off these weekend and am in PX with my family. Have to get in my time with my sweet granddaughter!! Thanks for the coffee my friend, and the book shares too. I may have to pick up a western to read! ❤️

    Liked by 1 person

  4. The licorice looks very interesting and sounds like a different taste from what I know. I’ve had a good week. Our weather is still not even spring like on a consistent basis. Cooler than normal with with days of heavy rain. We have had enough rain I can tell you!! I am reading a book entitled “The Unwomanley Face of War.” It is by a Russian author and is her interveiws with many Russian women who fought in WW2. It is grim reading and sometimes very moving. I have to take it in phases and have put it down for a bit and read A Man Called Ove and then came back to the Russian book. Have a pleasant weekend.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. I really enjoyed A man called Ove! Have you seen the movie? It’s filmed outside Stockholm, Sweden. “The Unwomanly Face of War,” sounds interesting. I’m going to look it up. I hope the sun will shine on you this weekend!

      Liked by 2 people

  5. I have not yet tried Swedish licorice, but you have got me curious. I certainly like the quality over quantity idea.

    I just picked up a book on yoga. I haven’t read a yoga book before so we will see how it goes.

    Have a great week.

    Liked by 1 person

  6. I too tend to share books but still keep a bookshelf full of my favorites that I have read over and over. Currently I’m rereading Deborah Harkness’ “Discovery of Witches” trilogy. I enjoy many types of books but my guilty pleasure are fantasy books filled with vampires and witches and other creatures!
    Hope you are able to coax your daughter back into the pool and I’m glad she didn’t have a serious reaction to the bee sting.

    Liked by 1 person

  7. The licorice sounds awesome! Sometimes I really am a fan of the mix of salty and sweet. Right now, I am reading The Dry Grass of August, which is about a girl coming of age in the South U.S. and the racial attitudes that prevail at that time. I have a lot to read this summer! Thanks for the coffee and the treat!

    Liked by 1 person

  8. Hi Maria. Sorry to hear about your bee issue. Very sad because being stung itself is so painful, but to have that followed with allergy reactions is just too much. And these days, everyone should be protecting now killing them. So what, we just need to learn how to play nice with them? It’s good that most will ignore you unless molested, but not all got that memo and they’re small and so easy to miss that mistakes are easy to make.

    I hope she recovers her nerve around bees quickly.

    I’m not much a a licorice fan, but I would try it.

    Have I mentioned my favorite historical fiction novel to you? It’s title is simply Passport, by Bruce Hershenson. It is one of the best books I’ve ever read. It’s out of print now, but Amazon almost always has used copies for under $10 and it is so good that I have 2 copies. 1 for me and a 2nd to lend.

    I hope you’re having a great weekend.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Hi Gary, thanks for dropping in for coffee. I’m grateful that my daughter didn’t have a bad reaction to the bee sting. She’ll get over it in time. Bees are so important, she has too!
      Thank you for the book tips, I’ll look into that book. I hope you’re having a greta weekend!


  9. I LOVE salted licorice and would finish that box with you! The double-salted version that my oma would bring with her when she visited while I was growing up, was always a hit in our family. I don’t get to eat it too often now but when I do, I am the only one in my home who eats it. It is definitely an acquired taste 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

  10. Oh yeah, salty licorice. We have it here in the Netherlands too, but I prefer the sweet kind. Still, I’m told our sweet licorice is not at all like what you guys eat in the U.S.

    Liked by 1 person

Leave a Reply

Please log in using one of these methods to post your comment: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

%d bloggers like this: